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Strikes at Lufthansa subsidiaries lead to cancellations News | DW



A collective action by a German cabin crew union on Sunday disrupted flights operated by Eurowings, Germanwings, Lufthansa CityLine and SunExpress. The strike was originally supposed to take place between 5 and 11 am, but is now expected to take until midnight German time (22:00 UTC), as the UFO union of cabin crews decided to extend the strike in the short term.

The strike concerns flights operated by subsidiaries of the German flag carrier Lufthansa, but not by Lufthansa itself.

Airports throughout Germany have reported cancellations. While UFO officials called the strike "very successful" and said the more than 100 flights had been canceled, the Lufthansa subsidiaries said only some flights had been canceled or delayed by the strike.

  Waiting for his delayed flight to Düsseldorf

A strike by UFO union members has caused widespread delays and cancellations at West German airports, according to a spokeswoman.

At least 15 flights of the German airline Eurowings were canceled at Berlin Airports.

Munich Airport reported 10 cancellations on Sunday morning.

"The airlines concerned are getting along with all the staff that is not organized [in the union]we have to wait and see what the day brings," said a spokesman for Munich Airport.

A spokesman for Dusseldorf Airport, where four connections had been canceled, also predicted more cancellations during the day. The airport reports that 60 flights are at risk.

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Current Dispute [19659002] Lufthansa has declared the strike illegal. The company also claims that the new union leaders who took office at the beginning of this year have not been duly elected and are therefore unable to legally represent employees.

UFO organized the strike over wages, occupational pensions and part-time employment provisions. It is aiming for a 2% salary increase for its cabin crew after winning a 2% salary increase for the cabin crew at Lufthansa.

kmm / dj (dpa / Reuters)

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